These Palestinian designers are reinventing fashion with an eye toward tradition.
Ghnaim contends that Palestinian embroidery sacrificed much of its significance and role in preserving Palestinian culture at the altar of commercialization over the years. A key role of embroidery is storytelling.
Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Khalil Rabah, Khaled Jarrar, Laila Shawa, and Samia Halaby,
The experience of the civil war is completely embedded in my psyche. It was very strange to witness the war as a child: it was like the Wild West, everyone walking around with a gun or rifle.
When I first was making The Hookah Girl, I did so out of spite because I wanted to talk about being a Palestinian in this country but I knew I’d get some kind of flack for it—I knew that it would be unpublishable in the traditional sense.
Since 1991, the Nassar family has been fighting an Israeli effort to expropriate their lands under the pretext of ‘state land’.